The Wonderful Wizard of Woz

Geniuses pass through Waterloo fairly regularly. But once in a while we are gifted a few hours with some of the world's smartest and innovative minds. FUZEnation welcomed Steve Wozniak to Kitchener September 28th at an old abandoned factory, tucked away off the expressway in Kitchener's Alpine neighbourhood. Which in a way, is fairly symbolic of how all the startups and tech companies are housed in the Waterloo Region.

To an engaged and mesmerized crowd, Woz shared stories about his pranks, growing up knowing he was either going to be an engineer or a teacher, what it was like being friends with Steve Jobs and eventually starting a company and what he thinks of the future of technology.

From what I gathered from Woz he sees innovation as the simple usability of products integrating flawlessly with humans. You can't argue with that, especially since this is the guy who created the personal computer in 1976.

Take a look at The Wonderful World of Woz, from my point of view in the photos below.

 My good friend Karl Nieva and the very first guy who hired me, Alan Quarry. Alan brought his 1986 Macintosh Classic, that Woz signed after the talk. BOOM!

My good friend Karl Nieva and the very first guy who hired me, Alan Quarry. Alan brought his 1986 Macintosh Classic, that Woz signed after the talk. BOOM!

  Thank you Woz.

Thank you Woz.

           Taylor Jones

          Taylor Jones